So recently I have been getting more into skin care, once upon a time I would find skin care posts so boring and I felt all I needed in life was a face wipe and some sort of spot treatment. Well how wrong was I? Skin care posts and videos are now among my favourite and I'm always looking out for products that are suited to my skin type. There came a point when I realised you can spend all you like on make up but what matters is what's underneath, if your skin isn't great then the high chance is that your make up won't look great either. With this in mind I went on a quest to find an array of products to help clear my skin. I feel a few months down the line I have found a variety of products which I use every day and have helped my skin enormously. So first let's start with the basics, I have typically oily skin however the past couple of months I have noticed it's more normal/combination with a oily t zone. I do suffer from break outs but feel they can be prevented and I have some very slight discolouration on my cheeks. Remember if something works for me it may not work for you, skin care is a funny old thing and can do wonders for one person and cause a break out for someone else!
Step 1: Removing Make Up:
Probably one of the most important parts of your skincare routine, taking your make up off. I used to use face wipes which I know is a big no no, they don't take all the make up off which probably caused the amount of breakouts that I had. These days I prefer to use a Micellar water, I find they're gentle to your skin and take your make up off very easily. At the moment I have been using the Taaj version* which came with a Joliebox a couple of months ago. I know that at some point I will succumb to the Bioderma craze though! I also sometimes use the Johnson's eye make up remover wipes to remove my eye make up as my waterproof mascara can be a bit of a bugger to remove sometimes!
Step 2: Cleansing
Okay this is probably my favourite part of my skincare routine, cleansing! Mainly because this is the part that I use my Clarisonic. Now I realise I have been using my Clairsonic for a few months, I think I got it in January so we're talking about five months which means it's probably time to do a proper review on it! So I'll include a mini review in this post, basically I love my Clairsonic and wouldn't be without it. I know it hasn't worked for some people but for me I feel it's helped the texture of my skin, it's cleared up and I just enjoy using it as I know my skin is getting a proper cleanse. I think it's worth the money for sure, and if for some reason I don't use it for a couple of days, I notice that my skin looks dull and not great. I may do a full review at some point but at the moment all you need to know is that I love it! I also started to love my Clairsonic more when I found a cleanser that worked harmoniously with it, I have been loving using the La Roche Posay Effaclar Foaming Cleanser, it foams up really well and leaves my skin smooth and soft. It's helped combat oiliness in my skin and I really enjoy using it. As the next step I exfoliate my skin using St. Ives's Apricot Scrub*, I sometimes feel I need a little extra exfoliating and this scrub has been really good for my skin. Pores seem smaller and blemishes are cleared up a lot faster! Love it!
Step 3: Toning
I have a night time and a day time toner, for the night time I use the Manuka Doctor Api Clear skin toner*which helps tighten pores, clear blemishes and fade marks on your skin with the help of bee venom. I really like this toner and think it helps with pores and blemishes. For the day time I use Elemis Balancing lavender toner as it's great for balancing my skin for the day ahead. I've also recently purchased Beauty Exlir and have been using this as a spray for my face in the mornings, I will let you know how I got on with that in a few weeks.
Step 4: Treatments
Right we're onto the good stuff now, this Manuka Doctor Api Clear Skin Treatment Serum* really is the bee knees (see what I did there considering it has bee venom in it?) This is in my eyes is a hero product, I use this at night and I honestly think it's help fade acne scars and clear blemishes. It makes my skin look more radiant and I haven't had a proper spot in about two weeks. Also want to know the best thing? Millie from Made in Chelsea also swears by this product. I also use La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo on my cheeks to stop any spots coming up, prevention is always better than cure and Effaclar duo helps with clearing out pores which is great for my porey cheeks!
Step 5: Acne Treatment
So if I do have a break out which does still happen I bring in this bad guy.. Panoxyl. This is serious stuff and is so harsh to your skin, yes it clears acne but leaves flaky and sensitive skin. This is what I use when I have a serious break out and yes it clears it all up but I try to not use this too often as it's very harsh. If you suffer from bad acne then I'd recommend this certainly.
Step 6: Moisturiser
So here's a moisturiser I use when I've had to turn to Panoxyl, Vichy's Normaderm is a moisturiser specially for oily skin and helps combat spots and oiliness at the same time. It's really moisturising and turns your skin from drab to fab! It also smells really fresh and it's a great step before your make up. My number one pre make up moisturiser is the body shop's mattifying day cream, this helps stop shine throughout the day and helps your make up last longer.
Step 7: Pampering
Finally everyone likes a face mask once a week, my current one of choice is the Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Face Mask which helps clear your skin and well make it look fab. Whenever I use this the next day my skin looks clearer and more radiant. It's a really nice mask and again Millie from MIC uses it! Ker ching. Also when my skin is in dire need to a pick me up I turn to Liz Earle's Superskin Concentrate*, this helps bring my skin to life and the smell is just divine. I love using this after a hot bath and I sink in to a deep sleep.
So there we go my current skin care routine, I hope you liked it :) and these products have all helped me! I hope you're all having a nice Sunday, I feel like I'm coming down with something :( my throat is all sore and feels swollen and my body feels really heavy and lethargic which is odd! Oh well I'm sure some of my beef casserole I've cooked for tea, and Desperate Housewives tonight will help! Hope you all have a lovely evening.